A West Australian gold mine has been cleared to resume operations after the death of a woman who was struck by an underground haul truck.
Paige Counsell, 25, suffered fatal injuries on Tuesday while working at the Big Bell mine near Cue in the state’s Mid West.
She was treated at the scene and transported to Perth by the Royal Flying Doctor Service but died in transit.
ASX-listed Westgold Resources on Thursday said Ms Counsell was employed by the company’s services subsidiary Minterra.
“The company again expresses its deepest sympathy to Paige’s family, friends and colleagues,” Westgold said in an ASX announcement.
“Westgold is engaged with Paige’s family to ensure they are supported through this difficult time.”
WA’s Department of Mines, Industry Regulation and Safety is investigating the incident but has cleared the site to resume operations.
“Westgold is continuing to work closely with DMIRS in order to finalise the investigation into the incident, the resolution of which may take some time,” the company said.
Westgold said it would gradually resume normal operations over coming weeks, allowing employees and contractors to receive counselling and feel comfortable returning to work.
It is the third mining fatality in WA this year.
Contractor Michael Johnson died at Saracen Mineral Holdings’ Dervish underground mine in July after driving over the edge of an open stope.
A 64-year-old contractor received fatal injuries when he was crushed at Gina Rinehart’s Roy Hill mine in the Pilbara in January.
Minerals Council of Australia chief executive Tania Constable said she was deeply saddened by the latest worker death.
“The MCA will continue to assist the commitment of its members and that of the broader industry to an industry free of fatalities, injuries and occupational illnesses,” she said in a statement.